Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship Program

This program provides preeminent foreign scholars and researchers in the field of Japanese studies with opportunities to
conduct research in Japan, with the aim of supporting them and promoting Japanese studies overseas. Experts in the fields of
natural science, medical science, and engineering are excluded. There are three subcategories as follows.

Scholars and Researchers〈Long-Term〉

Applicants: Scholars and researchers conducting research related to Japan (comparative research included) in the humanities and social sciences.

Duration: 2 to 12 months (excluding 59 days or less)

Scholars and Researchers〈Short-Term〉

Applicants: Scholars and researchers conducting research related to Japan (comparative research included) in the humanities and social sciences, whose projects require them to travel to Japanto carry out research, gather materials, etc.,intensively over a short period of time.

Duration: 21 to 59 days

Doctoral Candidates

Applicants: Ph.D. candidates, conducting researchrelated to Japan (comparative research included)in the humanities and social sciences, who havecompleted (or will have completed by thebeginning of the fellowship) the necessarycoursework, and find itnecessary to visit Japanto complete their dissertations.

Duration: 4 to 12 months


All of the following criteria must be met:

  • Applicants must hold nationality or lawful permanent resident status in countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan.

*Taiwanese applicants are eligible to apply only for "Scholars and Researchers (Long-Term)" or "Doctoral Candidates."

  • Applicants must secure all affiliation arrangements by the application deadline (excluding applicants for "Scholars and Researchers(Short-Term)").
  • Applicants must be in good health and proficient in either Japanese or English.d. In principle, applicants must be able to stay continuously in Japan for the term of Fellowship.e. Previous recipients of Japan Foundation Fellowships (not only the Japanese Studies Fellowship but also all the other Fellowships of theJapan Foundation) are eligible to reapply only if, on April 1, 2020, a full three years has elapsed since the termination of their mostrecent Fellowship. Previous "Scholars and Researchers (Short-Term)" Fellows are eligible to reapply onlyif, on April 1, 2020, one fullyear has elapsed since the termination of their most recent Fellowship.

Individuals meeting any of the following conditions are not eligible to apply:

  • Scholars or researchers in the natural sciences, medicine or engineering;
  • Undergraduates; Master's degree candidates; those intending to enroll in Undergraduate or Master's courses at universities in Japan;or graduates who are pursue Ph.D. courses in Japan;
  • Those who primarily intend to enhance their Japanese language ability or technical skills, to develop and/or produce Japanese-language teaching materials, or to acquire artistic training in the area of Japanese traditional culture (tea ceremony, flowerarrangement, etc.);
  • Those who plan to receive other grants concurrently with the Fellowship;
  • Those who will have been in Japan continuously for more than a year datingback from April 1, 2020;
  • Those in Korea aged 41or over as of December1, 2019 (excluding applicants for "Scholars and Researchers (Short-Term)");
  • Those who apply for any other grant program of the Japan Foundation.*Specialists and/or professional practitioners of Japanese visual arts who wish to conduct short-term (21 to 59 days) research in Japan should apply to the new program, "Ishibashi Foundation/The Japan Foundation Fellowship for Research on Japanese Art."


  • Round-trip airfare (discount economy-class [most direct and economical route])
  • Stipend and other allowances

Number of Fellowships (Reference)

116 out of 300 applications for FY 2019

Date de candidature
2-12 mois
Sciences sociales